The Hollywood Christmas Parade is your annual chance to check out this odd, but oddly charming event as it takes over the streets of Hollywood with balloons, marching bands, cars with celebrities/sitcom stars in them, and more. If you get there early head to La Brea and Hollywood where you can take some fun pictures of the balloons in their preparatory stages before they begin their journey. There are usually loads of places to stand along the parade route (seated tickets are already sold out). This year Olivia Newton-John is the Grand Marshal. It’s free to attend but remember that getting around will be difficult as there are many street closures.
On November 7th, 2016 Leonard Cohen passed away at 82 years old. The New Yorker has a wonderful article on him from their October 17th issue. It also discusses his most recent album You Want It Darker, which was released three weeks before his death and received excellent reviews.
This image is one of LA street artist Killyrslf’s versions of Gee Vaucher’s “Oh America“, which was created in 1989 and used for the cover of an album by the group Tackhead. It was just recently used for the cover of British newspaper the Daily Mirror’s November 10th issue, which highlighted the results of the 2016 American election. For more information on the choice of the image by the paper and the artist herself (and her first major retrospective exhibition on now in Essex) check out this article.
Death Valley Girls are playing at the Echoplex with Gateway Drugs, C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares, and Kill A Punk For Rock and Roll with DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) hosting
As part of Hammer Museum’s Bureau of Feminism Initiative, they are showing Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman, a film “about a young black lesbian trying to make a film about an obscure 1930s black actress”. Dunye will join curator Erin Christovale after the screening for a discussion. (free)
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/10-11/13/16)-
Spring King are playing with Triptides, Flaural and Psychic Jiu Jitsu at Non Plus Ultra
DTLA’s monthy art walk returns highlighting a one night only surrealist exhibition in their lounge
Das Hund, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski’s music, spoken word and visual art performance, is happening at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel (free with RSVP)
Hammer Museum is hosting a reading/performance of Bryan Doerries Theater of War for Veteran’s Day. Michael Imperioli, Heather Goldenhersh, Riley Shanahan and Doerries will perform readings of Sophocles’s Ajax, “the ancient Greek play about the suicide of a great warrior, as a catalyst for a powerful public discussion about suicide, combat stress, and alcohol and substance abuse in the military community”. There will be a discussion afterwards. (free)
Gorilla Vs Bear and Cascine are hosting Angels in LA Night with Kristin Kontrol and Nite Jewel
Protomartyr are playing at The Roxy with Feels and The Gotobeds
Sleepless: The Music Center After Dark is back with a night of art and music with a dream theme. This one includes multi-media artwork by Miwa Matreyek, Sohail Najafi and Kytten Janae; live retellings of classic stories; dream interpretation booths, and more all starting at 11:11 pm. ($20/online or $30 at the door)
Artist Lara Schnitger is performing Suffragette City, “a procession through Westwood of sculptures that comprise images, forms, and texts explicitly addressing women’s rights” with a community gathering to follow at the Hammer Museum and an open mic to discuss the recent election
Lara Schnitger returns to the Hammer Museum to further explore feminist speech with filmmaker Kerri Koch who will screen her work- Don’t Need You: A Herstory of Riot Grrrl, followed by a screening of Inez Milholland: Forward Into Light, a short film by Martha Wheelock. There will also be a talk on contemporary witchcraft and a closing ceremony by Amanda Yates Garcia, the Oracle of Los Angeles.
Seth MacFarlane is hosting The Grove Christmas which includes a live musical performance, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and a fireworks finale (free)
Weirdo Night is back at El Cid with Dynasty Handbag, Love Connie, Candy Pain, and Christina Catherine Martinez
During the summer of 2016, We created and directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch.
We quickly realized that there are a lot of other situations that would be fun to see animated, so we decided to run an animation challenge around this idea.
Join the Unsatisfying Challenge Here : unsatisfying.tv/
Direction Animation and illustration : Parallel Studio
Sound Design : Zelig Sound
Music : Samuel Barber
Special Thanks to : Hugo Leick
The lecture this week at MOCA Grand Avenue is The Idea of Oceans, with Scott Bolton, principal investigator of NASA’s Juno mission; Shawn Heinrichs, filmmaker and activist; Greg Long, big wave surfer; and artist Doug Aitken; moderated by Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans (free)
Bobcat Goldthwait is hosting the a 25th Anniversary screening of his directorial debut Shakes The Clown at the Regent Theater with a Q & A to follow
From Indian Lakes are playing with Made Violent and Wild Wild Horses at The Echo
Saturday and Sunday
There are still tickets available for ComplexCon in Long Beach. The concert lineup includes Skrillex, Kid Cudi, Metro Boomin, Snoop Dogg, and 2 Chainz. There are also art installations, vendors, and speakers including Vince Staples, DJ Mustard, Pete Rock, Ilana Glazer, Ice Cube, Angie Martinez, Lil B, Mike Judge, Pharell Williams and many more big names speaking on panels for different issues.
It’s the last day to see Pat Graney’s Girl Gods dance performance at REDCAT which looks pretty incredible (tickets available 11/3-11/6)
Peach Kelli Pop and Upset are opening for The Regrettes at The Echo
The Rock N Roll Flea Market returns to the Regent Theater for its free monthly event
Sextile are playing with Bootblacks, Liste Noire and Second Still at Complex in Glendale
Deep Fields are playing with Avi Buffalo at The Smell ($5)